On 15th - 16th of June 2015 the Radical Open Access Conference took place at Coventry University, organised by the Centre for Disruptive Media. The conference gathered together a large community of presses, projects and thinkers exploring some of the more intellectually and politically exciting ways of understanding open access that are currently available internationally.
Panel 3. Radical Accountability
The Radical Accountability panel will concentrate on different ways in which policy makers, funders, institutions and presses can be made more accountable, not least by uncovering the true costs of academic publishing through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and collective forms of data gathering and sharing. It will take as its focus those open access advocates who have exerted pressure for a greater degree of responsibility and transparency on the part of funders, publishers and institutions. These advocates have done so by comparing the cost of closed print to open access publishing; by revealing the huge profits that are being made by the commercial publishing conglomerates (many of which are still involved in aggressively avoiding paying the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK); and by means of boycotts such as the Cost of Knowledge campaign.
Stuart Lawson (Birkbeck)
David Harvie (University of Leicester)
Gary Hall (Coventry University)